"We are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue."

- George Orwell

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

- Douglas Adams

"It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself."

- Salvador Dali

"You don't tell people to not do things they're aleady not doing."

- Robert M Price

"Appeasement is feeding a crocodile, hoping it will eat you last."

- Winston Churchill

Worldwide Conspiracy Frankenstein Computer God

Sentinel One Animated GIF Experiment. Hopefully you'll see the face with sparkling eyes and flashing computer lights, and not this text.
When my age was in single figures, I wanted to be this.

Or possibly be its slave.

Actually, in some confused way, both.

Childhood dreams stay with us.

"Folks are willing to trade truth for certainty."

- James White

"I have no skeletons in my closet. In fact, I have no closet."

- Maya Angelou

"I'll be your noise."

- Combichrist

"Integrity has no need of rules."

- Albert Camus

"It is impossible to live at peace with those we regard as damned."

- Jean-Jaques Rousseau

"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."

- Vince Lombardi

"It is very easy to deceive a man, and very hard to undeceive him."

- Pierre Bayle

"Memory, like liberty, is a fragile thing."

- Elizabeth Loftus

"You can’t force people out of their chains."

- Paul Myers

"You can't settle truth by a nose count."

- Francis Schaffer

Family (5)

I'm going to be an uncle.

More accurately, my brother is going to be a father.

More accurately still, his wife is pregnant.

Here we have two highly intelligent, extremely busy people, who agreed that they'd much rather have careers and a relationship than a marriage and a family - on the grounds that:

(1) There's no good reason to get married, not even purely financial.
(2) They have no silly romantic notions that marriage will make their relationship more "real".
(3) They have no silly romantic notions about making babies either.
(4) They know perfectly well that producing offspring would mess up their lives.
(5) There's no familial or social pressure to become parents.
(6) Neither feels the need to breed.

So what do they do? They have a romantic wedding, wait a sensible three and a half years...and breed.

I'm sure the baby will be adorable, and I'm sure they'll be excellent parents, and in 20 years time the baby will have become an admirable person largely free of hangups.

It's just a mystery to me why this has happened.

I, of course, would be an absolutely terrible parent. But students and young relatives tell me I make quite a good uncle.

"Much of what passes for reality is cowardice."

- Jordan Peterson

"Truth does not demand belief."

- Dan Barker

"Anything that substitutes for the truth may be preferred to the truth."

- Robert M Price

"What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?"

- Ursula Le Guin

"Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done."

- Linus Torvalds

"One element of production has become surplus to requirement. Namely people."

- Eric Hobsbawm

"The cynic can be cynical about his cynicism, but the pietist cannot be cynical about his pietism."

- Robert M Price

"The strangeness of a notion does not count against it."

- Robert M Price

"'Everything is permitted' does not mean that nothing is forbidden."

- Albert Camus

"The greatest saints of the Church are those who despise women the most."

- Annie Besant